Lord of the Flies
In this disturbing yet profound story, a group of well-educated, well-behaved boys from an elite school find themselves stranded on a deserted island after a plane crash. With no adults to take charge, the boys must establish a system of order so that they can work together toward survival. As the story unfolds, they become ill-disciplined and violent. Ralph, the kind and natural leader, is rejected and attacked. The chubby outsider (Piggy) fears for his life. This group of well-behaved children turns into a pack of savages by subverting order, embracing cruelty, and killing the weak. If not for the timely intervention of a rescue team, they would have continued toward eventual self-destruction. The message at the core is one of evil in our world - and more troubling - in our hearts. Please note that the 1990 version is rated "R" for intensity and language. The 1963 is closer to the original novel if you can track down a copy.
Were the boys good or bad at the beginning of the story? (See "A" below)
Why did some of the boys become so cruel/evil later in the story? (Bee "B" below)
Did the evil come from outside or inside the boys? (See "C" below)
In what ways does this story illustrate James 1:14-15? (See "D" below)
THINK ABOUT IT:
A) They had the potential for either but seemed well behaved.
B) Because there were no adults to keep them from doing bad things.
C) They influenced one another, but the basic bent toward evil was within each of them.
D) We are fallen human beings. Despite great potential and capacity for good, each of us finds himself/herself prone toward sin and destruction.
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